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Tesla and Panasonic Have Reached an Agreement On the Gigafactory

Spy Handler Re:What makes this a gigafactory? (77 comments)

cos the factory makes cars that run on 1.21 gigawatts at 80mph.

6 hours ago
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Samsung Delays Tizen Phone Launch

Spy Handler Well, (95 comments)

>Haven't Android and iOS completely cornered the market?

Yes.

>Is there any hope for the likes of Tizen,

No.

>Firefox OS,

No.

>and Windows

Yes.

yesterday
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New Treatment Stops Type II Diabetes

Spy Handler Re:There's another treatment that stops most T2 (253 comments)

It's great that you bench 285. However you conveniently neglected to mention how much you weigh and how many umpteen thousands of calories you stuff in your face every day.

about two weeks ago
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The debate over climate change is..

Spy Handler Re:n/t (278 comments)

No, all of science is debatable. Even Newton and Einstein.

The ones insisting that science is "settled" and undebatable are the same old religious authority figures dressed in new clothes.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

Spy Handler Creativity is certainly future-proof (509 comments)

Would it be better if my niece took a course in the Arts, since creativity is looking to be one of humanity's final frontiers against the inevitable Rise of the Machines?

Unfortunately taking art classes does nothing to actually increase your creativity -- it's an innate characteristic of the human soul (or brain, depending on your religious views).

Tell her to go into medicine. There is no way doctors are gonna be replaced by robots, ever.

On the off chance that some tremendous breakthroughs do lead to medical robots like in Star Wars, NOBODY will have to worry about getting a job. I'm not holding my breath though.

about two weeks ago
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Mars (One) Needs Payloads

Spy Handler Huh what? (77 comments)

A Mars landing will cost hundreds of millions, even if these experiment payloads are small. How exactly are they gonna come up with that kind of money? Skimming through TFA didn't reveal any details.

Is this like, put out a bunch of press releases to get publicity, then hope Paul Allen or some other billionaire will fund it? Because the kind of budget they will need is a wee bit out of Kickstarter territory.

about two weeks ago
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CentOS Linux Version 7 Released On x86_64

Spy Handler etc (125 comments)

so how *do* you pronounce etc?

about three weeks ago
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CentOS Linux Version 7 Released On x86_64

Spy Handler Kentos or Sentos? (125 comments)

Community ENTerprise so pronounced like KENT?

Or like a cent (penny) sounding like SENT?

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Backs Open Source For the Internet of Things

Spy Handler what is internet of things (136 comments)

as opposed to internet of ideas? Or internet of energy?

about a month ago
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Bye Bye Aereo, For Now

Spy Handler Re:What the fuck is Aereo? (93 comments)

yeah I was like "WTF is Aereo" also, and had to google for it.

And the summary mentions the Supremes but does not explain why Diana Ross and the Supremes are involved with a flaky soon-to-be-dead internet startup.

about 1 month ago
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Wikipedia Editors Hit With $10 Million Defamation Suit

Spy Handler Re:Who is that? (268 comments)

Kind of like how climate change activists erased the Medieval Warm Period off of Wikipedia a few years ago.

about a month ago
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Searching For Ocean Life On Another World

Spy Handler Re:Contamination (49 comments)

earth bugs would die from the intense radiation around Jupiter.

about a month ago
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Otherlab Working on a 'Fundamental Jump' in Technology for Exoskeletons (Video)

Spy Handler A real fundamental jump would be (36 comments)

a power source that isn't crappy. That would enable exoskeletons and robots that are useful.

If you watch the demo videos, they all either have a power cord dangling off the exoskeleton/robot (presumably plugged into A/C mains) or an annoyingly loud and smoky 2-stroke generator running onboard. That's because current batteries provide nowhere near enough juice to power these suits/robots to any degree of usefulness.

We aren't lacking in servo/microcontroller/robotics tech, we're lacking a decent battery tech.

about a month ago
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China Builds Artificial Islands In South China Sea

Spy Handler Re:South CHINA sea (192 comments)

The thing is, it's not really sarcasm. Pretending to be stupid and confused while not making a point doesn't serve any purpose other than maybe as a troll.

about a month ago
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Draper Labs Develops Low Cost Probe To Orbit, Land On Europa For NASA

Spy Handler Re:Fun thought experiment but not practical (79 comments)

Gee, I guess the engineers at NASA don't know about radiation levels at Jupiter. Lucky for them you posted about it on the internets. I'll forward them your post so they aren't left in the dark.

about a month ago
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SpaceX Falcon 9R Vertical Take-Off and Landing Test Flight

Spy Handler Re:Prelude to Mars? (105 comments)

little engineering justification, sure. But there's a whole lot of financial justification.

It's all about operational costs. To retrieve something like an Apollo capsule that pops a parachute and lands in the ocean, they have to deploy fleet of ships and bunch of personnel, which all costs money even though it has nothing to do with rocket engineering. Also landing in salt water will mean extensive refurbishing and/or making the rocket marine-resistant, which leads to even more downtime and money.

Like in the airliner business, time is money. The faster you can relaunch, more money you save. Elon's goal is to have both stages land in the same place they launched from, clean em up a bit, refuel, and relaunch in a matter of days (or hours). Like an airliner.

about a month ago
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SpaceX Falcon 9R Vertical Take-Off and Landing Test Flight

Spy Handler Re:Flyout and back plan (105 comments)

Huh? No the first stage never makes it into orbit. Otherwise you wouldn't need a second stage and it would be a SSTO vehicle.

about a month ago
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"Eskimo Diet" Lacks Support For Better Cardiovascular Health

Spy Handler Fad diets based on new "science" (166 comments)

after so much BS over the years, I think we should disregard any further studies proclaiming great health benefits of (____) and just rely on common sense.

Common sense tells me that the best things to eat for an animal species is what it's evolved to eat in its natural habitat. Pomegranates might be awesome food but not for lions.

For humans, that would be 2 million years of eating nuts and fruits and clams and fish and some red meat on occasion.

about a month and a half ago
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Are the Glory Days of Analog Engineering Over?

Spy Handler Wow nerds with heads buried in their rectums (236 comments)

Yes computers and internet are important but let's not get ahead of ourselves. The most important engineering currently being done is still analog, like reusable rockets and fusion reactors. These rank slightly higher on the scale of importance to humanity than the guys making internet-connected refrigerators and targeted website ads.

Reminds me a few years ago when some dudes running websites voted "the internet" the most important invention in human history. It's as if they never heard of agriculture, or fire, or electricity, or indoor plumbing, or any number of things that are keeping these idiots alive.

about a month and a half ago
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Geothermal Heat Contributing To West Antarctic Ice Sheet Melting

Spy Handler Re:Regardless (387 comments)

It's funny, I was watching Nat Geo and they were showing a program about dinosaurs. They described the Cretaceous world that dinosaurs lived in, and explained how life forms (both plant and animal) were able to reach such gigantic size. Highlights: higher CO2 levels in the atmosphere (higher than today even with all the man-made carbon emissions) which led to gigantic forests. Higher oxygen levels which enabled animals to grow bigger. Hotter temperatures (than today), higher humidity and rainfall.

The narrator described it as a "hot and steamy jungle paradise thriving with life". Which was ended by a gigantic asteroid strike.

An hour later the same channel (Nat Geo) showed a program on climate change and how increasing CO2 levels in the atmosphere will lead to irreversible runaway global warming which will doom everyone and everything and turn the earth into a barren wasteland.

about a month and a half ago

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How Russia Should Respond to U.S. Olympic Snub with Snowden

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  about 7 months ago

Spy Handler (822350) writes "In a move that can only be interpreted as a snub against Russia's recent anti-gay laws, U.S. will be sending openly gay athletes as part of its delegation to the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia, without President Obama or any other high ranking government official in attendance. Score one point for USA, most of us can agree that such anti-gay laws are unjust with no place in a modern civilized society. However, Russia can score its own point in rebuttal and highlight the log in America's own eye — NSA's global internet surveillance — by inviting Edward Snowden to the opening ceremony. Bonus point for having him light the Olympic torch."
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Verizon Programmer Caught Outsourcing Own Job To China

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Spy Handler writes "In 2012 when Verizon discovered that its corporate systems were being accessed by someone in China, it launched an investigation. Initially thought to be a case of industrial espionage or a malicious hacker, it turns out that one of their own employees had contracted his programming job out to a team in China. The programmer, man in his mid 40's identified only as "Bob", would show up for work, watch cat videos and surf Reddit (among other things), while the contractors in China did the work he was supposedly doing. He paid them one-fifth of the 6-figure salary he was getting from Verizon.

And over the past several years, Bob received excellent performance reviews of his "clean, well written" coding. He had even been noted as "the best developer in the building." However, Bob has been fired after his scheme was discovered."

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NASA To Test Bigelow Inflatable Module Aboard ISS

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Spy Handler writes "NASA has announced that it has awarded a $17.8 million contract to Bigelow Aerospace to build an inflatable module for the International Space Station. Details of the project will be announced Wednesday at Bigelow’s headquarters in Las Vegas.

Seems like all the pieces for a privately-built space renaissance are starting to fall into place. When the Falcon Heavy goes operational to provide cheap launches, we could finally have the spaceflight boom that space enthusiasts have been dreaming of."

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HP Software Update Cancels Food Stamps

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Spy Handler (822350) writes "A software update of the California welfare computer system (CalWIN) caused 37,000 Food Stamp recipients to lose their EBT (a credit card paid for by the government) benefits last weekend. According to the article, Hewlett Packard was responsible for the failed update of CalWIN, but at 8:00 a.m. today Xerox (who administers another state welfare system called CalFresh) issued a patch that reactivated the EBT cards."
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Facebook Test Will Let You Message Strangers for $1

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Spy Handler writes "Facebook is testing a feature that will let select users pay $1 to send messages to people with whom they have no connection on the social network.

The $1 fee will open a thread with a non-Facebook friend. If that person replies to your note, you won't have to pay again to respond to them."

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Google Threatened Acer with Banishment from Android

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  about 2 years ago

Spy Handler writes "In a Microsoft-esque move, Google threatened Acer with banishment from Android if it went ahead with its new cellphone project with Alibaba (China's version of Amazon), using an OS called Aliyun. Acer has remained silent on the issue, but Alibaba reports that they received notification from Google, stating "if the new product launch with Aliyun went ahead, Google would terminate Android product cooperation and related technical authorization with Acer." Possible reason for Google's upset is that the Aliyun OS, which is not Android, can run Android apps as well as its own."
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SpaceX Dragon Launch To ISS Set For April 30th

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Spy Handler (822350) writes "NASA announced today a tentative April 30th date for SpaceX launch to the International Space Station on an unmanned cargo mission.

"Everything looks good as we head toward the April 30 launch date," said Bill Gerstenmaier, NASA associate administrator for Human Exploration and Operations.

If successful, SpaceX will become the first private company to launch a space vehicle and dock with the ISS."

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Apple and Samsung Rake In 95% of Mobile Phone Profits

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Spy Handler (822350) writes "The race for mobile domination appears to be a two-horse race. According to a new CNET report, Apple took in a whopping 80 percent of all profits in the mobile phone business last quarter — that's counting all cell phones, not just smartphones. Samsung came in second, reaping 15 percent of the profits. Everyone else was left scrambling for crumbs.

Perhaps the release of Windows 8 phones can turn the tide and prevent a Apple-Samsung duopoly from taking place."

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Free Hotel Wi-Fi Overwhelmed by iPads

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Spy Handler (822350) writes "According to iBAHN, a firm that provides Wi-Fi and computer services to hotels, free Wi-Fi networks are struggling to cope with the huge increase in traffic since the iPad was released.

"The iPad is the fastest-selling device in consumer electronics history, and because of it the demand placed on any public place Wi-Fi system has gone up exponentially in the last year and a half," said David W. Garrison, chief executive of iBAHN.

Hotels are now facing a tough choice; keep Wi-Fi free and risk angering customers with slow internet, upgrade their internet pipe and charge customers for Wi-Fi (which also might anger customers), or upgrade their internet and eat the costs."

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Tearing Down iPhone 4S reveals 512MB RAM

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Spy Handler writes "ComputerWorld is reporting that tearing down the just-released iPhone 4S reveals an A5 processor and 512MB of RAM.

"How do we know it's 512MB? Check out the marking, specifically 'E4E4,' denoting two 2Gb LPDDR2 die — for a total of 4Gb — or 512MB."

What's baffling to me — since I have yet to drink the Kool-aid and am unfamiliar with Apple hardware — is why did it take disassembling the phone and examining chip markings to deduce the amount of RAM in the system? In Linux and Windows, you type in one command and it tells you. Or simply looking at the box usually shows the processor, RAM and HDD size"

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Would You Vote For a Programmer President?

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Spy Handler (822350) writes "Herman Cain, one of the current front-runners in the race for the Presidency of the U.S., has a master's degree in Computer Science (and a bachelor's degree in Mathmatics). As a Slashdotter, would this fact affect your vote favorably toward him?

Contrast this with your typical politician, most of whom have a law degree and majored in something in liberal arts as an undergraduate. (Mr. Obama was a Political Science major and has a law degree)"
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NASA's Space Launch System: a Critical Analysis

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Spy Handler (822350) writes "Jerry Pournelle has posted a quick analysis of NASA's new Space Launch System (SLS) on his website. His two main criticisms involve:

1. Usage of the Shuttle main engines. "Those were developed to be reusable, and they are expensive because of that. They are in fact magnificent engines and thoroughly reusable if operated at 90-95% of rated capacity; it’s not their fault that they had to be run at 103% and above to fly Shuttle. But they were developed to be reusable, and that adds greatly to their cost."

2. Usage of SRBs. "You don’t want recoverable solid rockets in the first place. The operations are a nightmare, and the design has to be compromised so that the impact on the water does not destroy the thing, and it has to float. All that changes the design and affects performance. There is no good reason ever to recover a solid booster, which is, after all, a big sewer pipe stuffed with guncotton and leached with nitroglycerine....

The only reason we ever came up with any notion as mad as a segmented solid booster was that the SRB had to be made in Utah because of political constraints. If you make a booster that size in Utah it has to be segmented because you can’t ship it by rail or on the highway – the curves are too sharp and the tunnels are not big enough. You would have to make it in Michoud Louisiana and ship it by barge to Canaveral. That is possible but Louisiana isn’t Utah. Apparently the new NASA design is worried about the Utah Senatorial votes to this day."


His widely read 2000 paper titled How To Get To Space provides excellent insights into the X-programs and is well worth reading."

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Japan Does Not Face Another Chernobyl

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Spy Handler writes "In spite of the sensationalist stories on the Japan earthquake by U.S. media , which is giving the public an impression of a nuclear holocaust at the power plants and generally spreading anti-nuclear F.U.D., the reality is actually quite different... and not so dire. According to this article — which contains actual info about the reactors involved and how they function — everything worked exactly as the designers intended in a natural disaster scenario such as this, there will be no Chernobyl, and the public is not in danger of developing green skin and turning into the Hulk."
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Pickens Plan comes to a wimpering end

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Spy Handler (822350) writes "In 2008, billionaire T. Boone Pickens unveiled his "Pickens Plan" on national TV, which calls for America to end its dependence on foreign oil by increasing use of wind power and natural gas. Over the next two years, he spent $80 million on TV commercials and $2 billion on General Electric wind turbines. Unfortunately market forces were not favorable to Mr. Pickens, and in December 2010 he announced that he is getting out of the wind power business.

What does he plan to do with his $2 billion worth of idle wind turbines? He is trying to sell them to Canada, because of Canadian law that mandates consumers to buy more renewable electricity regardles of cost."

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Americans' Support for Nuclear Power Highest Ever

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Spy Handler (822350) writes "According to a new Gallup poll, 64% of Americans favored nuclear power as a means for generating electricity.

Though a majority of Americans has long supported nuclear power, Gallup said the latest rating is the highest since it began polling on the issue in 1994.

71% of Republicans supported nuclear, while 51% of Democrats did so."

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Software Engineer Flies Plane into IRS Building

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Spy Handler (822350) writes "A software engineer flew his small airplane into an office building in Austin, Texas today. Fortunately none of the 199 IRS employees who work there were killed, even though the crash caused a massive fire that gutted the building.

The pilot, Joseph Stack, was the founder of a small software company that apparently had tax problems with the government, and he posted a disgruntled suicide note on his company webite. (archived version here.)"

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Los Angeles City Website Crashed by MJ Memorial

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  about 5 years ago

Spy Handler writes "The City of Los Angeles spent $1.4 million to provide security for Michael Jackson's memorial service on Tuesday, mostly in overtime pay for approximately 3000 police officers. Since the city was already in the midst of a severe budget crisis, it actively sought out donations from MJ fans, by asking them to go to the city's website and sending them money. (there is a prominent link at the top of the home page that says "JACKSON EVENT DONATIONS")

Unfortunately the website simply could not handle the surge in traffic and crashed repeatedly on Tuesday and Wednesday, one of them lasting for 12 hours. As of Wednesday the city has only received $17,000 in donations.

A quick check of the city's website reveals that it is running Sun Java Web Server 6.1"

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Nazi Stealth Bomber Built and Tested

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  about 5 years ago

Spy Handler writes "The Horton 229 Flying Wing, one of the more famous "Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe" produced in the latter days of WWII, is noted for its striking similarity to the modern B-2 Stealth Bomber. The question remained, "How effective would it have been against Allied air defenses of the day?". Unfortunately no surviving example existed for testing... until now. Northrop Grumman, on its own time and money, built a replica using the original blueprints and conducted radar tests. The result? Very good for the Nazis, bad for Allied defenses trying to detect it.

National Geographic Channel will be airing a new documentary about this on Sunday July 5th. (Although Nat Geo calls it "Hitler's Stealth Fighter", the size and shape of the aircraft dictates that it wouldn't have been used for anything other than dropping bombs)"

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Electrolyzed Water Cleans And Disinfects

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Spy Handler writes "Los Angeles Times is reporting about electrolyzed water gaining mainstream acceptance in the United States. Many people don't know this, but simply running a current through water mixed with table salt gives you a solution that acts as a germ killer and a degreaser — one that works better than toxic chemicals sold for that purpose (like chlorine bleach) — and it's safe enough to drink! The downside? The electrolyzed solution doesn't last very long so you can't bottle it up and put it on store shelves. And machines that electrolyze water cost about $10,000 each."
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